Dr A.D Lazarus Secondary School

"What you feed your soul, is what you harvest with your actions." - Shannon L. Alder

The creation of a positive learning environment for learning and teaching and to strive for the attaintment of Educational Excellence
Mission Statement
We aim to promote the holistic development of learners. We, the community, the pupils, and members of the school governing body must assist the educators in providing sound morals and principles for adulthood so that all learners contribute to the development and growth of the self, the community and the country.
Dr A.D Lazarus Secondary School

Principals Message

I am honoured and excited to welcome you to Dr A. D Lazarus Secondary’s website. This website invites you to experience the energy that drives us at our school. I believe that excellence in education can be achieved by creating a learning environment in which all learners are supported in attaining their full potential. I strongly believe that education is a collaborative effort that involves professional administrators, committed teachers, motivated learners and supportive parents. Our mission statement continually provides direction to our school in that we strive to promote the holistic development of our learners to ensure they acquire sound morals and principles to develop into successful individuals, who will one day contribute to the growth of their communities. Our goal at ADL is to promote academic excellence as we strive to continually improve our standards. Our excellent and consistent matric pass rate has placed our school on the map.

We are proud to boast that several of our learners, over many years featured in the top 10 provincially and nationally. This achievement can be attributed to the strong, dedicated and highly qualified staff who nurture and assist our learners into realising their full potential. My staff works collaboratively to ensure that curriculum and instructional strategies are designed to enable learners to learn in a conducive environment. Despite several challenges, we at ADL are a formidable force to other schools in the community, as our school still emerges as the ‘best’ school in the Kranskloof Ward in the National Senior Certificate Examinations. Powerful learning and teaching occur under a shared spirit of respect and teamwork, which creates a passionate and rewarding schooling experience for both learners and teachers.

My thanks and gratitude go out to all stakeholders for their continued support and dedication to the education of our children in equipping them to face the many challenges the future holds.

God Bless
P. Naicker (Principal)
Dr A.D Lazarus Secondary School

Dr A.D Lazarus  


Dr A. D Lazarus Secondary (ADL) was established in 1992 which was initially referred to as Reservoir Hills No 2. On the 13th January, the staff and learners of Clare Hills Secondary moved into this school and it was then named in honour of one of the finest academics that served the cause of education in our country, Dr A. D Lazarus (1903-1988). He was a respected as the “Doyen of Indian Education” nationally and internationally.

The first Principal of Dr A.D Lazarus Secondary was Mr S. Govender. The maximum holding capacity of the school was 750 learners. Dr A. D Lazarus Secondary was first of its kind in South Africa, built for the integration of abled-bodied learners and physically challenged learners into the mainstream schooling. Special parking and toilets for the physically challenged were built to accommodate learners. The school comprises of a single double storey block (Administration) and several single storey blocks in the rest of the school. The campus is extensive and is barrier free with wide doors enabling the use of wheelchairs.

The school was initially built to accommodate learners from R. P Moodley Primary School for physically challenged learners to complete the secondary school education. The most celebrated physically challenged learners to complete their matric at Dr A. D Lazarus Secondary were:

 Siphamandla Gumbi – He was confined to a wheelchair after being paralysed by polio. Siphamandla represented South Africa at two Olympic Games in wheelchair basketball.
 Rakesh Soni – He was a talented, self-taught musician and an exceptional flute player. He recorded several CD’s. It is unfortunate that he has now passed.
 Vernon Vadivelu – He was a talented and exceptional artist. He lectured at the Durban University of Technology. It is unfortunate that he also passed.
 Lucelle Govender – She was unable to use her arms and resorted to use her mouth to hold a pen and write beautifully.

Gradually, the enrolment of learners with physical challenges ceased at ADL, as R.P Moodley School was able to accommodate children with several challenges. Over the decades, Dr A. D Lazarus Secondary School has produced outstanding academics and talented learners who hold key positions in the medical and corporate worlds.

We bid farewell to staff...